A/HRC/53/33 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 18 April 2023 Original: English Human Rights Council Fifty-third session 19 June–14 July 2023 Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development The employment guarantee as a tool in the fight against poverty Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter Summary The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights explains how the introduction of a job guarantee, with the State acting as an employer of last resort, can contribute to the full realization of the right to work, transforming it from a policy objective into an enforceable legal right. The job guarantee tackles the paradox of structural unemployment and underemployment coexisting with important unsatisfied societal needs, as neither the State nor the market currently supplies the public goods that are needed for the greening of the economy and for a thriving care economy. The Special Rapporteur highlights the benefits of the introduction of the job guarantee both to the individual and to the community, and addresses a number of objections to the idea. He sees the introduction of a job guarantee as an essential component of the “just transition” and of the new eco-social contract needed for the post-crisis recovery. GE.23-06355 (E) 180423 180423

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